Bruce Jones Surfboards has built premium surfboards for three decades. The company, renowned worldwide for its products, was founded by Bruce in 1973 after he shaped for many years with some of the biggest names in the sport: Hobie, Gordie, and Brewer to name a few.
Bruce was there at Hobie’s, during the golden age of the mid 1960’s, when the best shaping talent in surfing history was gathered in one place: Phil Edwards, Dale Velzy, Terry Martin, John Gray and Ralph Parker, among others. Starting in the glueing department, Bruce worked his way into rough shaping and then into the actual shaping room and lost no time in getting help from everyone involved.
In the mid to late 60’s, Bruce moved to Huntington Beach, where he shaped for Vardeman Surfboards, doing all the Jackie Baxter Models, which to this day are considered rare collector’s items, being the first board on the west coast to combine the low tail rails of the Hawaiian Gun (for speed), with a refined longboard outline and eventually a turned down, flat-bottom nose for superb nose riding (influenced by the famous Morey/Pope John Peck Penetrator model).
At night, Bruce would shape for Gordie Surfboards. Gordie (Gordon Duane) had a reputation for being a superb craftsman but very hard to get along with. Bruce put up with him and learned some of Gordie’s shaping techniques and most of all his dedication to perfection through using these techniques. Bruce did a short stint with Dick Brewer in ’69, ghost shaping for him on Maui. He then went on to shape for Russell Surfboards, Newport Beach, and then Ole Surfboards in Sunset Beach, from where he launched his own business.
KEY: O= Original, R= Repaired, RF= Refurbished. Condition of board rated: 1(worst)-10(best)
Length: 7′ 6″
Width: 19″ 1/4
Thickness: 2″ 3/8
Awesome Piece !! Early 1970’s Chambered Balsa personal rider of Bruce Jones himself with the personal fine ink custom lam from his then girlfriend Jericho Poplar. This Balsa beauty is one of a kind. Not another one out there. This is a 9.5 condition and was a shop display board in Bruce’s Surf Shop for many years. I acquired this from PinTail Mike. – Thank You Mike!! Check out the bitchen wood grain lines in this board. Cool Wood/Resin Leash plug at tail. Bad-Ass Wood/Fiberglass fin. Just one cool piece to be ever preserved by Surfboardline.com!! All Original (o) 9.5/10
Length: 6′ 10″
Width: 20″ 1/8
Thickness: 2″ 1/2
Ask me why I own this and all I can say is it tickles me. As a board collector you know what I mean. I guess it is the color combo of yellow and green with the coool tapered redwood stringer. You don’t see this these days in foam. Purchased this from Erwin the Surf Guru Broker of OC. Nothing special California gun shape, but I just like it. All original with the exception of a gloss. (o) 8/10.